How to Clean the Garbage Disposal

10 responses

  1. Debbie
    August 23, 2008

    A bottle brush works great for this.


  2. Mary
    August 23, 2008

    Every time my ice maker needs to be emptied because the bottom ice is sticking, I dump it in the sink. I then drizzle dish soap around the top of the ice and pour some household bleach on top of that. Then run cold water (or warm if needed) while pushing the ice down the disposal and running. It cleans it sparkling clean and takes away all odors.


  3. Borax
    August 23, 2008

    An easier way to clean your garbage disposal – Every time you use your dishwasher, wait for the rinse cycle. The water should discharge into the garbage disposal. When you hear the water discharging, just turn on the garbage disposal – Voila! It’s now clean. You just killed two birds with one stone.


  4. Pat
    August 24, 2008

    We use a lot of Mexican limes and what is left, I rub in the sink. Also use an old dish brush after it has been rubbed with limes. Put limes in the disposal, turn on, then rinse. Take the brush and baking soda or dish washing soap and clean under the rubber if it can not be removed. The lime takes away water spots too, plus smells good!


  5. Mark M.
    August 26, 2008

    There is a brush that is made especially for cleaning kitchen sink garbage disposals. I found mine at an Ace Hardware near me, priced at $5.99. It looks like an over-sized heavy-duty bottle brush.

    You may be able to find one at Lowe’s or Home Depot, but I have not seen any in any of those stores in my area. Ace carries some things that the others do not.


  6. Coco
    September 17, 2008

    Don’t forget to throw eggshells in, which helps keep blades sharp. Vinegar, lemon, or baking soda work well with cleansing/deodorizing.


  7. Michelle
    March 13, 2012

    My husband is a plumber, so I get the 411 on disposals. Do NOT put egg shells in your disposal; they gum everything up. A disposal is not used for a place to put all your leftover food. It is designed for the leftover food AFTER you have scraped the plate in the garbage. Ice and lemons are good though.


  8. April
    June 12, 2012

    My garbage disposal has a bad smell and won’t work when I hit the switch or the reset button. It just makes a sound. I have never had a garbage disposal, so I guess I need to learn a few things the not-so-easy way. What needs to be done without calling a plumber?


  9. Tim
    October 25, 2012

    One trick that I learned when I was a plumber: Turn on the disposal, run cold water, then throw some bits of glass inside – you’ll be amazed at how quickly it turns it into fine particles of sand and washes down the drain. During this process, it deep-cleans all the fine and course groves in the outer cylinder cutting surfaces, as well as cleans under and around the the centrifugal arms. Of course, wear eye protection and gloves for safety. In 30 years of using this method, I’ve never had an incident. I use an old pop bottle or beer bottle; remove any paper or plastic labels, then place the bottle in a thick paper bag and hit it lightly with a hammer to break the bottle into three or four larger pieces.


  10. Frank
    July 10, 2014

    Need HELP! Garbage disposal is ‘jammed’ with food particles that have dried into a ‘concrete or lime deposit’ approx. 3-inches thick. Have used boiling water to ‘melt’ any grease, etc…drain cleaner (water drains)!
    Any way to break-up/clean the build-up around the blades without ‘dropping’ the unit from under the sink?


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